Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on May 21, 2007
The gossip rags in NY never seem to stop about Pure Food and Wine. Now, their waiter gave the inside scoop to New York Magazine’s Ask a Waiter on Grub Street.
David Moltz just celebrated his first anniversary as a server at raw-food mecca (and popular anniversary spot!) Pure Food and Wine. He isn’t going anywhere — at least not until his band Salt and Samovar takes off — and why would he? He’s had the opportunity to serve everyone from raw foodists such as Woody Harrelson to fellow omnivores such as Bill Clinton (“I couldn’t believe it when he walked in,” says Moltz. “He rolls with a crazy entourage.”) We asked him to spill the beans (not cooked, of course) on fussy vegheads, surprisingly friendly models, and the “hump couch” in one of the city’s most coveted gardens (now open for spring).Which celebrities have you served besides President Clinton?
Howard Stern was sitting next to Sarma [Melngailis, the owner]. On his radio show he was going on about, “Oh, you gotta see their boss, Sarma” and being pretty lewd about it. For the next two weeks, we were booked with tons of Jersey peeps saying, “Is your boss around?”
The place gets a lot of models. Ever befriend any?
One of our regular customers introduced me to Gisele. She’s like, “He’s in this amazing band, you gotta come out.” Gisele was like [assuming accent], “Maybe I come.” I put Gisele plus three down on the guest list; my friends are like [dismissively], “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” All the sudden she strolled in with her friends, and she was like, “Hey, how’s it going?”